Monday, August 18, 2008

It's A Boy!!


The phone call we've been waiting for, for months, finally came today, 8-18-08. We have a beautiful little boy who will celebrate his first birthday on Wednesday, 8-20-08. Yes, we will be celebrating his birthday too and Tino will blow out the candles for him.

His name is Renz and he is healthy and happy and we can't wait to bring him home. We do have quite a bit of paperwork to do now, Visa stuff..... and the US Dept of Citizenship & Immigration is NOT known for their "speed" in getting things we're still hoping to be able to go before Christmas to bring him home. Keep your fingers crossed!

Renz Joseph Nalagan (Reni) will be his name.... as of today anyway. We had to really think about the "Renz" thing....but it's starting to sound unique, do-able, and a tribute to his birth mother who so graciously carried him for 9 months knowing she would not be able to care for him once he was born. She wanted him to have a better life than she could provide considering she makes the equivalent of $70 a month working in a factory. She wanted Renz to have more opportunities and be with a family who could love him and care for him and give him what he deserves. We will always be grateful to her.

Renz is pretty much the same size Tino was at one year... 19.5 pounds. He has been in an orphanage since he was 3 days old, Hospicia de San Jose (St. Joseph) in Manila, so...Joseph as a middle name fits well. That has been his home, the only home he has known, where he has been cared for and nurtured since his birth. It is also a family name among my family, the Naerts. My grandfather, age 96, is named Joseph, my father's middle name is Joseph and my brother's name is Joseph, so... Joseph it is!!

The picture you see was taken 3 months ago and he clearly has more hair than Tino had even at 2 yrs. old. I love the shape of his mouth and his eyes....he is so beautiful isn't he???
Tomorrow Tino and I are going to buy him a birthday present, and a stuffed animal, that we will send to him, via our adoption maybe he'll get it by next month sometime. We are so happy and grateful and thank you all for you prayers!


Jenny said...

Yea! Congratulations! I have been thinking about your family and when I saw the title of your email, it brought tears to my eyes. Renz (Reni) is beautiful. He definitely has more hair than my Addy at that age. Too cute! I am sure Tino is so excited about becoming a big brother. I contacted Holt a few weeks ago just for an update also and they did tell me they had a family still waiting for a referral since April 2007 and I didn't realize that it was you guys. I hope your paperwork wait time is fast...praying he will be home by Christmas.

PS - I didn't know that you started a blog, so I will definitely be checking often. :)

Jeanine said...

Woo hoo! Congratulations, you guys! I will send good thoughts your way, and "HURRY UP" vibes to the State Department!

Can't wait to meet Renz!

Jenny said...

Hi again! Are you finishing last minute birthday celebration preparations? :)

I wrote a post about your referral on our blog. I hope that is okay. If you would rather me not, please let me know and I can delete it. Again, I am just so excited for your family.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I came to your blog from Jenny's post. I'm so excited to hear about another referral from the PI! Your son is absolutely gorgeous!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I also came across your blog through Jenny's blog. It's so exciting hearing about families receiving their referrals. My husband and I are still waiting for our referral. Reni looks so adorable. I'm sure Tino is extremely excited to have a brother. I hope your wait to travel won't be long. Congrats again - Joanne

Rachel said...

Reni is precious! I have spent the past two summers working at a Children's Home in the Philippines. We even have a little boy named Renz there, although he goes by his middle name. Congratulations on your little boy!